QUOTE(Dingo @ Mar 23 2003, 09:46 PM)
Wow, after Mary Ruwart's article you want to take all the state and national parks and turn them over to ranchers and developers. Government pollution is a serious problem but not all the best uses of land can be achieved by demanding they generate a bottom line profit.
Still if you can join ecological concerns with pay-your-own-way economics that is certainly something I would support. How about paying the REAL cost at the gas pump. I wonder what libertarians think about that?
I don't see where you get that from Ruwart's article. She isn't proposing selling the parks to ranchers or developers but to organizations like the Audubon Society and the Nature Conservancy. What's wrong with that?
As for paying the real cost at the gas pumps, that depends on how you define it. If you're going to toss in every conceivable externality related to motor vehicle use and charge taxes for them, I'm appalled at the thought. If you just mean "no corporate welfare for oil companies" then I'm all for it.
QUOTE(Eva @ Mar 26 2003, 11:47 AM)
Is it true that the Libertarian party is weak on environmental issues because of it's strong position on unrestricted free enterprise?
Nope, not true at all. The LP is very strongly for protecting the environment, but prefers to do it when possible by such means as Victoria talks about below. When it isn't possible to do it effectively that way, they'll accept regulation, though of course not with a glad heart.
QUOTE(Victoria Silverwolf @ Mar 26 2003, 04:17 AM)
As a person with small-l libertarian leanings (and small-a anarchist leanings, and small-l liberal leanings, etc.) I can see environmental protection as a form of property right protection, as least in some situations. If you pollute the air, you effect my share of the air, my body, and so on. It seems to me that libertarian thinkers would want to protect the environment when environmental damage effects other people who are not responsible for the damage. Given this belief, it would be possible to be a very strongly environmentalist libertarian. (You can't pollute unless you polllute only that part of the environment which is your property, and do not effect the parts of the environment which are the property of others or which are shared property.)
I can find you some links to papers on protecting the environment by libertarian think tanks, but later, don't have time to find them now.
And a side issue, but one that seems to come up on this board a lot: the Libertarian Party is an arm of a much larger ideological movement. Libertarians support it or not, or join it or not, depending on many factors, most of them tactical, not ideological. Non-LP libertarians (and here I'm talking only about those who consciously consider themselves part of the movement) are actually more numerous.